When you’re preparing to rent a roll off dumpster for a DIY home project or for commercial construction use, deciding what size dumpster to choose can be tricky. It can be tough to look at the potential clutter around you and think in terms of tonnage. Could my garage possibly include two tons of waste? Could expanding our master suite really create four tons of scrap and junk?

We’ve created the guide below to help you to choose the correct roll off dumpster size, based on type of renovation or clean-out project and the amount of clutter it will yield. This will ensure you don’t find yourself in the middle of a project with an overflowing dumpster or paying for a dumpster that you won’t fill even half-way.

Also, check out our recap on what items can and cannot be dumped in a dumpster. Knowing how much of your waste is considered acceptable waste will also help determine what roll off dumpster size will be best.


10 Yard Dumpsters

Capacity: 2 ton maximum

Best Used For: These containers are just the right size for most weekend, at-home projects, including one car garage clean-outs, bathroom remodels, spring cleanings and basement clean-outs.

Dimensions: 3ft x 8ft x 9-11ft


15 Yard Dumpsters

Capacity: 3 ton maximum

Best Used for: These containers are the right choice if you’re looking to take on a larger at-home project, including a two car garage clean-out or kitchen renovation.

Dimensions: 4ft x 8ft x 11-15ft


20 Yard Dumpsters

Capacity: 4 ton maximum

Best Used For: These containers are best used by contractors working on a new roof installation, new window installation, two-car garage construction, basement remodel, new siding installation, or a deck removal.

Dimensions: 5ft x 8ft x 11-15ft


30 Yard Dumpsters

Capacity: 5 ton maximum

Best Used For: These containers are best suited for large construction or remodeling projects requiring the removal of large amounts of debris including scrap metal and demolition debris.

Dimensions: 6ft x 8ft x 18ft


Infographic - Choosing the Right Size Roll Off Dumpster

Contact ERC if you have more questions about renting a dumpster for your residential or commercial needs or order the perfect sized dumpster online.

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